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Q&A with Metis Bootcamp Grad Vicky Szuflita, Deputy Data Director with the NC Democratic Party
By Metis • November 09, 2018
Recent Metis bootcamp graduate Vicky Szuflita won SwitchUp's quarterly gift card giveaway. As a followup, they featured her in a great Q&A about her background, her time at Metis, and her current role as the Deputy Data Director with the Democratic Party of North Carolina. She previously worked in account planning for an international advertising agency, and while she loved the creative aspects of an agency career, she wanted the skills to strengthen her ideas in a more quantitative way.
"I loved the role I was in – it was creative and very interesting," she told SwitchUp. "However, I never interrogated my ideas or insights using empirical evidence as deeply as I would have liked. My job required me to read a lot about culture and news, and it felt like everywhere I turned, in every industry, people were using data in amazing ways and I desperately wanted to be a part of it. I wanted to use data in my role but had no idea of where or how to get it or use it."
We love nothing more than spreading the news of our Data Science Bootcamp graduates' successes in the field. Here, enjoy a video interview produced by Heretik, where graduate Jannie Chang now works as a Data Scientist, then read an interview between deeplearning.ai and graduate Joe Gambino, Data Scientist at IDEO.
News media has been through a lot of change during the past decade, especially in terms of its forced and jagged transition to digital production. This shift has come with the struggle to get readers to pay for digital subscriptions when free news online is often available with a click. Metis grad Kai-Ray Wang works to boost digital subscriptions at The New York Times as an Analytics Manager on the Consumer Acquisition team. Read his story here.
To go out or to stay in, that is the question. If you're in need of an answer to this common conundrum, here are two bootcamp final projects that can help. Iris Borkovsky's restaurant recommender helps you choose a delicious and well-reviewed dining spot nearby while Benjamin Sturm's movie recommender helps you make the next tough decision of what to stream.